Getting kids to eat soup is a struggle sometimes, however this recipe seems to be a winner in the No Excuses household.


An easy and delicious soup that kids may even enjoy!  


  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes
  • 2 cups lentils - rinsed & drained
  • 1 litre vegetable or chicken stock
  • 2 teaspoons of minced garlic or 2 garlic cloves - chopped
  • 3 large carrots - chopped
  • 4 celery stalks (including the leaves) - chopped
  • 2 onions - chopped
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Optional (extra vegetables can be added of your choice)

  • 2 cups of cabbage - chopped
  • 1 cup eggplant - chopped
  • Shallots
  • Leek


  1. In a heavy large saucepan heat the oil and add the onions, celery, carrots, and garlic (and other vegetables); sauté until vegetables begin to brown for about 15 minutes. Add the stock, lentils, canned tomatoes and bring to boil. Place a lid and reduce heat to a simmer until lentils are tender - about 35 minutes. Use a stick/hand blender and puree until smooth. If too thick, thin soup with a little boiling water from the kettle. Season with salt and pepper and serve with some toasted bread.


  1. Lentils need to be either left soaking overnight or the quick method includes 1 cup of lentils to 3 cups of water; bring to boil and simmer for 30 minutes.